The Mother of All FDA Fails

The FDA has never required drug safety assessment for fetal germline impact, even though FDA staff understand that gestational exposures can adversely affect developing germ cells. We must end this catastrophic omission, while also granting all Americans access to their own prenatal medical records.

The Escher Fund for Autism

 (A quickie post here about our charitable fund; in an effort to consolidate our ever-increasing number of websites and blogs, we are closing the Escher Fund website. For archival purposes, here's the info.)

The Escher Fund for Autism funds cutting-edge autism research, enrichment programs for children and adults, and efforts to increase housing and programming for the skyrocketing population of adults with autism.  We regret that we do not accept grant applications or solicitations.

Current areas of interest include:

Epidemiology: Human studies to evaluate epigenetic germline effects of prenatal pharmaceuticals and smoking.

Germline protection: Efforts to enlighten the public, the medical profession, and regulatory bodies, particularly the FDA, about the urgency of considering impacts of prenatal pharmaceuticals and chemical exposures on the human germline, the “weakest link” in the chain of life.

Symposia and conferences: Sponsorship of and appearances at meetings regarding the connection between environmental epigenetics and abnormal neurodevelopment, including autism.

Medical history: Research on one of the most toxic, but relatively unknown, events in human history: the mass use of novel synthetic prenatal pharmaceuticals, 1950s-70s.

Medical records: Efforts to allow all Americans full access to their prenatal exposure records.

Laboratory studies: Efforts to evaluate effects of drugs and chemicals on human germ cells.

Housing and day programs: Facilitating the creation of new housing opportunities and day programs for adults with autism.

In the media and online:

Onslaught of autism: A mom's crusade could help unravel scientific mystery, by Jane Kay, Environmental Health News, July 2013

Mother's Quest Could Help Solve Autism Mystery, San Francisco Chronicle, July 2013

Autism: Germline Disruption in Historical and Personal Context, Presentation at the National Institutes of Health, Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (15 minute video), July 9, 2013

A Grandmotherly Clue in One Family's Autism Mystery, Autism Speaks Guest Blog, August 27, 2013

Environmental Epigenetics: New Frontiers in Autism Research symposium, sponsored by Autism Speaks, UC Davis MIND Institute, and Escher Fund for Autism, March 22-23, 2013

Escher Fund for Autism Citizen Petition to the FDA requesting public disclosure of potential risks of prenatal drugs on fetal germ cells.!documentDetail;D=FDA-2013-P-0522-0001

Prenatal Exposures Never Die” Blog


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